Rules

Please read the following rules before submitting your work.


  • We only screen the 8 Best Film of the Festival Finalists for each edition; all other films marked Semi-Finalists/Nominees are eligible for IMDb-approved award
  • AltFF accepts narrative, documentary, animation and experimental films.
  • Entry fees are non-refundable.
  • All films must be in English or have English subtitles.
  • No limit on the number of submissions or production date.
  • All films must have an online screener.
  • We will not be posting your films on our site, only a trailer (if available) for winning films.
  • Filmmakers retain the rights to their films.
  • Filmmakers are responsible for acquiring copyrights, licenses, and releases for media used in their films.
  • Submission categories are as follows:

Feature Films (45 minutes and over)

Long Short Films (20 to 45 minutes)

Short Films (5 to 20 minutes)

Super Short Films (1 to 5 minutes)

Ultra Short Films (15 to 59 seconds) - *This category is NOT eligible for the Best Film of the Festival Award. However, submissions remain eligible for IMDb Awards*

Posters  (your film posters can be entered here)

  • Each category (feature, short and super short) will have the following awards:

BEST DRAMA

BEST COMEDY

BEST ANIMATION

BEST EXPERIMENTAL

BEST DOCUMENTARY

BEST HORROR

BEST THRILLER

BEST SCI-FI

BEST ACTOR

BEST ACTRESS

BEST CAST

BEST DIRECTOR

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHER

AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD (voted by live screening audience)

  • There will be one BEST FILM Quarterly Winner (March, June, September, December)
  • The four Best Film Quarterly Winners will compete for BEST FILM of the YEAR; the winner will receive a commemorative plaque in December
  • By submitting their film, filmmakers give ALTFF the right to post their posters, trailers, website and social media links on our website.






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